Faculty Profile


  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
  • M.S.C.E., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.S., Tongji University, 2008
  • B.S., Tongji University, 2005

Sheng Dai, Ph.D., P.E., is an Assistant Professor in geosystems engineering at Georgia Tech. He received BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Tongji University, China, and MSCE and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering (geosystems engineering program, minor in mathematical geophysics) from Georgia Tech. After graduation, he worked in the Predictive Geosciences Division at the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2015, he returned to Georgia Tech and joined the faculty in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is an affiliated faculty in the Ocean Science and Engineering program, the Strategic Energy Institute, and holds a courtesy appointment at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Dai has strong research and teaching interests in geomaterials characterization for enhanced subsurface energy recovery. His group develops innovative testing techniques in combination with advanced numerical modeling to study fundamental properties and BTHMC-coupled processes in soils and rocks at elevated pressure and temperature conditions. His research has been funded by DOE, NSF, NASA, NETL, IDOT, AECOM, and Leidos. 

Dr. Dai has been recognized for his research and teaching, including being a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, ORISE Fellowship, the Bill Schutz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, and the Class of 1969 Teaching Fellows at Georgia Tech. He is an associated editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, and Advanced Geo-Energy Research, and serves on the Pressure Core Advisory Board for U.S. Geological Survey, the GOM2 Marine Test Technical Advisory Committee for UT/DOE, the National Gas Hydrate Program for NETL, and the Task Force Leader of TC308 Energy Geotechnics of ISSMGE. 


  • Energy geotechnics
  • Soil behavior and advanced geomaterials characterization
  • Bio-inspired geotechnics for subsurface exploration and sensing
  • Granular flow testing and modeling
  • Flow in porous media
  • Geomechanics


  • NSF CAREER award, 2020
  • Spotlight of Research, featured in Fire in the Ice Newsletter, NETL/DOE, 2017
  • Bill Schutz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, CEE/Georgia Tech, 2017
  • Class of 1969 Teaching Fellows, Georgia Tech, 2016
  • Pressure Core Advisory Board, US Geological Survey, US Department of Interior, 2015
  • ORISE Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy, 2014
  • ORISE Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy, 2013
  • George F. Sowers Distinguished Graduate Student Award, Geosystems/Georgia Tech, 2013


  • Lu, Y., Jin, W., Klinger, J., Westover, T., & Dai, S. (2021). Flow characterization of compressible biomass particles using multiscale experiments and a hypoplastic model. Powder Technology. 383:396-409.
  • Won, J., Jeong, B., Lee, J., Dai, S., & Burns, S. E. (2020). Facilitation of microbially induced calcite precipitation with kaolinite nucleation. Géotechnique, 1-7.
  • Cheng, Zhilin, Zhengfu Ning, and Sheng Dai. "The electroviscous flow of non-Newtonian fluids in microtubes and implications for nonlinear flow in porous media." Journal of Hydrology 590 (2020): 125224.
  • Johnson, A. M., Huard, D. J., Kim, J., Raut, P., Dai, S., Lieberman, R. L., & Glass, J. B. (2020). Mainly on the Plane: Deep Subsurface Bacterial Proteins Bind and Alter Clathrate Structure. Crystal growth & design, 20(10), 6290-6295.
  • Li, G., Zhan, L., Yun, T., & Dai, S. (2020). Pore‐scale controls on the gas and water transport in hydrate‐bearing sediments. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(12), e2020GL086990.
  • Zhao, Y., Jeong, B., Kang, D. H., & Dai, S. (2020). Impacts of motile Escherichia coli on air-water surface tension. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 205, p. 08003). EDP Sciences.pore-scale numerical investigation. The 8th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2018, Hangzhou, China.
  • Kim, J., Zhang, H., Seol, Y., & Dai, S. (2020). Impacts of hydrate on the lateral stress in sediments. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 205, p. 11006). EDP Sciences.
  • Jeong, B., Zhao, Y., Kang, D. H., & Dai, S. (2020). An experimental study of the effect of motile bacteria on the fluid displacement in porous media. In E3S Web of Conferences (Vol. 205, p. 08008). EDP Sciences.